KRG to es­tab­lish new camp for Kobani refugees

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

Due to con­tin­u­ous Is­lamic State at­tacks on Kobani, the num­ber of refugees is grow­ing in Kur­dis­tan Re­gion. The Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment (KRG) has de­vel­oped a plan to ac­com­mo­date th­ese refugees in a new camp out­side the city of Er­bil.

Sir­wan Abed, the man­ager of Qush­tapa camp, which is lo­cated out­side the city of Er­bil, said “A new camp is planned to be es­tab­lished in Qush­tapa which is ex­pected to ac­com­mo­date about 800 fam­i­lies, and will be opened by the be­gin­ning of next year. There are cur­rently 1,971 refugees from Kobani liv­ing with other Kur­dish refugees from Syr­ian in Qush­tapa camp,”

Ac­cord­ing to Abed, about 19340 refugees from Kobani have been regis­tered in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, since ISIS’s at­tacks on the Kur­dish city.

The refugees came from Kobani via Turkey through the Ibrahim Khalil bor­der cross- ing be­tween Turkey and the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion. KRG pre­pared buses to trans­port them from there to Er­bil and based them in Qush­tapa camp.

The flow of refugees to Kur­dis­tan has made a big pres­sure on KRG be­cause of limited fi­nan­cial means to pro­vide ba­sic needs for the refugees. The United Na­tions has re­cently started the win­ter pro­gram, and is pro­vid­ing blan­kets, fuel and other nec- es­sary sup­plies.

Last month, the KRG sent 160 Pesh­merga to support the Western Kur­dish forces in Syria in con­fronting the mil­i­tants ISIS ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion.

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